Nadar, "Self Portrait, Posed in a Balloon Basket," 1862.  Albumen print carte-de-visite.  SBMA, Museum purchase, 19th century Art Acquisition Fund.

Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 1840-1900

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

Assembling striking works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s distinguished collection, this exhibition reveals how photographic portraiture blossomed in the later six decades of the 19th century. Originally intended to mimic the genre of portrait painting, by 1900 portrait photography had evolved to emphasize many unique and intriguing technical properties of the medium itself, with photographers persuasively arguing for photography’s status as an art form in its own right. Some of the most successful commercial photographers were trained in the fine arts, including Nadar, Roger Fenton, and Henry Collen. In fact, the cachet of early portrait photography stemmed largely from its ability to replicate the colorful effects, dignified poses, and lavish surroundings of painted portraits. As the decades unfolded and technical processes expanded, artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen began to embrace a range of medium-specific possibilities, experimenting with exposure times, darkroom manipulation and even narrative allusions. Rather than constituting a freestanding genre, then, portrait photography was nourished by a constantly evolving relationship with its painted predecessor. From captivating hybrid works dating from just after the birth of photography in the late 1830s to artful Pictorialist expressions at the dawn of the 20th century, this exhibition presents a remarkable opportunity to see nearly 100 works of photographic art rarely on view, and attests to the endless fascination of the human face and form in art and in life.

Upcoming Events

  • June 15 - July 29, 2018
  • New York, New York

Scenes From A Chasm

Artists Alliance Inc

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street
New York, New York

http://artistsallianceinc.org/cuchifritos-gallery-2/upcoming-exhibitions/scenes-from-a-chasm

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  • June 16 - September 2, 2018
  • Colchester, United Kingdom

Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Colchester, United Kingdom

http://www.firstsite.uk/

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An exhibition of new works by recent graduates of Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA program in painting
  • June 17-30, 2018
  • Santa Ana, California

LCAD Regarding Reality

Laguna College of Art and Design

Q Art Salon
205 N. Sycamore St
Santa Ana, California

https://www.lcad.edu/regarding-reality-2/

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8th Annual Botanical & Floral Online Art Competition
  • June 21 - July 27, 2018
  • , Florida
Won Ju Lim California Dreamin', 2002 Foamcore, Plexiglas, lamps, digital video projection, and still image projections Dimensions variable Gift of the artist and Haines Gallery 2017.03
  • June 22 - September 30, 2018
  • San Jose, California
  • June 22, 2018
  • Chicago, Illinois

Friday Art Markets at Daley Plaza

Amdur Productions

Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois

http://amdurproductions.com/

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Gorgeous 18-karat lavender blue and turquoise stone set in a sterling silver pendant (est.  $1,000-$1,800).
  • June 22-26, 2018
  • Reno, Nevada

Holabird Western Americana Collections, June 22-26

Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC

Holabird Western Americana Collections
3555 Airway Drive
Reno, Nevada

http://www.fhwac.com

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Reine Paradis "The Tower" shot on the roof of a church in Los Angeles in 2018
  • June 23 - July 30, 2018
  • Los Angeles, California

Reine Paradis - Midnight

Evolutionary Media Group

Avenue Des Arts
807 S Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, California

http://www.reineparadis.com/

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Berenice Sydney, Untitled, 1966, oil on canvas.
  • June 23 - July 8, 2018
  • Chelsea, London, United Kingdom

Berenice Sydney: Dancing with Colour

SALON, Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
Chelsea, London, United Kingdom

www.saatchigallery.com

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Patrick Jacobs, Weed Study, 2017
  • June 23 - October 21, 2018
  • Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art

Exhibition at the Brandywine explores sublime nature in contemporary art through iconic works by such notable artists as Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, Diana Thater, and Dustin Yellin, among others

Brandywine River Musuem
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

http://www.brandywine.org/museum

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  • June 23, 2018
  • Colchester, United Kingdom

Featured Event

Ernest Briggs, Untitled, 1958, oil on canvas, 94" x 69.5"
Ernest Briggs | "Four Decades of Abstract Expressionism"
Anita Shapolsky Gallery
April 19 - June 15, 2018
New York, New York
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